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Old 10-30-2014, 07:38 PM   #1
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Replace RV Refrigerator With Household

My "Fall Project" is to pull refrigerator and put in an apartment size. Are there conflicts to be ready for? Any insight will be appreciated.
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Be sure to plug the gas line. Most folks seem to gravitate to the Samsung refer. Besides the basic refer cost you need to be sure to have a properly sized inverter and sufficient sized battery bank
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Size of refer.
Electrically efficient?
How much battery power do you have.
Good inverter, PSW is best although some do fine with an MSW.
Most refer manufacturers void their warranty if used in an RV.

Refers vary an awful lot in outside dimensions.
Some refers are very "green" and require far less power to run
I wouldn't recommend a home/apartment size refer unless you have at least 4 6 volt deep cycle batteries like a GC-2 Interstates.
So far I haven't really found a high efficiency apartment size refer for our rig Although one of the Haier units is a good fit it's not a high efficiency unit.
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Old 10-30-2014, 07:58 PM   #4
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THink about your use of your RV, with a Residential you need 120vac, this can come from an inverter, but they suck batteries, or from generator or shore power.. but you will need to upgrade your batteries if you go that route. this adds weight and decreases your cargo carrying capacity.

Dometic and Norcold both have electric only RV fridges, these babies suck less than 1/3 what your residential will and work every bit as good. I have a freezer (Competitors chest freezer) like that, Really like it.
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We have a Samsung that runs on MSW. Think about the battery draw... we had two 12v batteries and it would draw them down in about 6 hours. After upgrading to 4 12v batteries and a 400W solar setup, we're happy and able to dry camp successfully.
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It should be fairly easy to plug a household fridge into the existing AC outlet in the fridge panel on your rv. Not a bad option if you plan to be places where you'll be using shore power all the time. However if your heading into the back country. I'd stick with your rv fridge. Mine is a Dometic gas/electric. So when I don't have shore power , I just switch over to propane. Very convient
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We have a Samsung that runs on MSW. Think about the battery draw... we had two 12v batteries and it would draw them down in about 6 hours. After upgrading to 4 12v batteries and a 400W solar setup, we're happy and able to dry camp successfully.
What is MSW?
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What is MSW?

Means "Modified Sine Wave" Pure Sine Wave is better for electronics, like laptops. MSW can wear out your gear quicker..
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Means "Modified Sine Wave" Pure Sine Wave is better for electronics, like laptops. MSW can wear out your gear quicker..
Thanks. Heard of it but never needed to pay attention to it, or so I think. This will give me something to new to learn.
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Measure, measure, then measure again. The best mod we've ever done is the Whirlpool we put in our Dutch Star. BUT, I already had a Magnum 2800 watt PSW inverter, AGM's, and 480 watts of solar, so it was a no brainer for me.
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An electric frig isn't as critical for level as the LP gas ones. And gas frig still uses 12VDC for the control panel.

Something you want to know is whether your MH has automatic switch over to turn generator on to charge batteries when they get low.
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